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How Long Does it Take for Botox® to Work?

Looking for a way to relax your frown lines and forehead creases? Botox® is an injectable treatment that smooths lines and wrinkles. Dr. Dohner and his team also offer a similar product called Dysport® that often provides better results. These wrinkle-smoothing treatments provide results that appear within days and last for months. 

What is Botox® (Botulinum Toxin)?

Botox® is a brand name for a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. When used in tiny, controlled doses, Botox® acts as a line and wrinkle treatment. It works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines to form, smoothing out the skin’s appearance. Your New York Skin & Vein Centers injectors use it to treat wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes (crow’s feet).

How Does Botox® Work? 

Botulinum toxin products like Botox® and Dysport® work the same way, but with minor variations that affect which will work best for you. When injected, Botox® and other botulinum toxin treatments travel to the nerves that control your facial muscles. Botox® works by limiting the release of a neurotransmitter that carries signals to the muscles. By blocking acetylcholine, botulinum toxin causes temporary muscle relaxation that smooths your lines and wrinkles. Despite being called a toxin, Botox® causes no harmful effects on the nerves or muscles. 

How Long Does it Take Botox® to Work?

The effects of Botox® usually start to become visible within three days after injection. The full effect can take up to two weeks to become visible. Your Botox® results typically last three to four months. Some people who have Botox® regularly may notice that their results last longer than those new to treatment. The lasting time of your Botox® depends on how your body reacts and how long it takes to filter away the botulinum toxin. 

Botox® vs. Dysport®

Dysport® is another formula of botulinum that works similarly to Botox®. Both products treat the same areas of the face and work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. However, Dr. Dohner and his NYSV team prefer Dysport® for many people

One key difference is the speed of onset. Dysport® tends to take effect more quickly than Botox®, with the effects becoming noticeable within 24-48 hours. In contrast, Botox® can take up to three days to start working.

The products also use different molecules that accompany the botulinum toxin. Dysport® has smaller molecules than Botox®, which means that it can spread further from the injection site. This can be an advantage in certain areas of the face, such as the forehead, where it can achieve a smooth, even distribution.

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Is There Any Downtime With Botox® or Dysport®?

Botox® and Dysport® are non-surgical treatments that require no downtime. Most people can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas after injection to ensure the botulinum toxin stays in place. Dr. Dohner and his team will provide you with aftercare instructions. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox® or Dysport®?

Both Botox® and Dysport® are safe for most healthy adults. Good candidates for these treatments want to address lines and wrinkles. Both injectable treatments are FDA-approved, and botulinum toxin has been used safely for medical and aesthetic purposes for decades. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person Botox® consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you. 

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